Thursday, November 23, 2017

LaFalce Not LaFace

The first share of the year is housed inside this gem of an album cover.  I almost didn't notice that it was Santa Claus at first glance, and I certainly didn't realize he was riding a reindeer until some careful study.  It's drawn in a pretty cool stained glass-looking motif, and there's a signature that looks like Lachman or Leichman, is that someone famous?  I'm not coming up with any hits at Google, but if anyone knows anything, please let me know.  The recording artists here are an a capella group consisting of nine brothers, though I'm not certain if their family name is La Falce or LaFalce.  I see it both ways around the internet, but this LP is pretty consistent in putting a space in there.  It's much less consistent with title of the LP. The front cover says Christmas Sung By The La Falce Brothers, the back cover says Christmas...With La Falce Brothers, and the vinyl just says Christmas.  Take your pick, I don't remember what I put in the track tags.  This album can't have been very popular.  This is the only copy I've ever seen, and it's not listed in many of the usual places around the internet.  The La Falce Brothers appear to have given the fame machine a good shot in the late Fifties, but I don't think they caught on like some other family groups like, say, The Osmonds.  It's certainly worth a listen, I think you'll like it.  This is Christmas With The La Falce Brothers (Jubilee JLP-1058, 1957, Mono).  And this cover is a lost classic!

1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Twelve Days Of Christmas
3. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. Joy To The World
6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
7. Angels We Have Heard On High
8. The First Noel
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. Deck The Hall
11. Ring Silver Bells
12. I Saw Three Ships
13. Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child
14. O Holy Night
15. Silent Night
16. What Child Is This
17. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
18. O Come, O Come Emanuel

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16 comments:

Buster said...

This is a new one for me, too; also not sure if I've ever heard of the group. Love the cover!

I can't quite figure out the equation you posted after the Zippyshare link. It seems important.

Ernie said...

What the?!?! Lemme redo that with characters that aren't significant to HTML...

jelawmo said...

Hey, Ernie. LONG-time lurker here. I couldn't wait to see how soon you'd be back this season. Thanks for all the joy you've given me and my hard drive over the years. I think the artist on this FABULOUS cover is Si Leichman. Looks like he did several covers for Jubilee, but that's all I can find. Looking forward to this season; welcome back!!!

Scott Leopold said...

Welcome back, Ernie! The sharing season is always my favorite time of year. Great cove and a nice album. Pleasant, competent vocals with traditional arrangements. I don't know that I'd listen to it by itself once I get through my first listen, but it would make for great filler in a playlist, if you catch my meaning. If it were on the radio, I wouldn't turn it between commercials. Thanks!

Ernie said...

Si Leichman seems to be the guilty party. I looked at some of this other covers, and the style seems close enough. Thanks for IDing him for me!

Kurt said...

I like this a lot. Thanks for posting!

Kurt said...

...and I just noticed it's a "Superlaphonic" recording. Sweet.

humanebean said...

FANTASTIC. Instantly a new favorite! Many thanks, sir.

Laurie said...

I saw this on eBay a while ago - that fantastic cover caught my eye - but too rich for my blood. So excited to listen to it. Thanks, Ernie! And welcome back!

Santa Claus said...

This one just made my Salvation Army Kettle music rotation...

Anonymous said...

Wait you long time ! Enjoy your many Christmas album every year ! Thank you very much ! :)

Andrew said...

Thanks, Ernie. This isn't to my taste, but I was interested to find out, only yesterday, that "Once In Royal David's City" uses music that was composed by someone born in the very same town in which I live. Every day is a learning day.

Kwork said...

One I've never heard of. Thank you so much!

John said...

Lovely. Thank you!

Sarah said...

I'm just getting started with my Christmas downloading - & doing so on Christmas day seemed like a good day to start. Thank you so much for this - I've never heard of them but I love a cappella so I have hopes I'll love the album!

CaptainOT said...

This is worth it just for the cover! Thanks Ernie!